From savage to human
both universal and singular
Jewels go back back in time to the dawn of civilization.
They symbolize culture and continuity– across geographies and generations.
Indeed, they symbolize the transition from savage to human– with all the culture and civility that it affords.
In that sense, jewellery is both universal and singular.
Some common motifs, materials and meanings
persist throughout the world.
Like this coin necklace worn by the Akan people of Ghana, Africa.
It is remarkably similar to the gold kasu-mala necklace worn in Kerala.
When humans all over the world discovered pieces of gold in rivers and streams, they were excited by this precious metal.
The simplest thing to do was to beat it into thin shapes, the circle being the most beautiful.
And so it has come down through the generations as coin necklaces.
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